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Panasonic Provides A Bright Start To Bucharest Anniversary Celebrations

Wed 14, January 2015   Projectors

104 Panasonic flagship projectors were used to create one of the world’s largest architectural 3D projection mapping shows to celebrate the 555th anniversary of Bucharest. The 270-meter-wide, 23,000-squaremeter facade of the Bucharest Palace of Parliament was transformed into a giant outdoor theater.

The highlight of Bucharest's 555th anniversary

To celebrate the 555th anniversary of the first documented record of the Romanian capital, the iMapp Bucharest 555, a multimedia show including huge 3D projection mapping was planned, using the facade of the Palace of Parliament. The Palace of Parliament, built in 1990, stands as the second largest administrative building in the world, second only to the Pentagon, USA. The vast symbol of communism can be seen from space and now serves as an attraction for tens of thousands of tourists every year. An impressive 104 Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors were used to create the huge display by using edge blending and geometric mapping software to create a single seamless image.

The facade of the Palace of Parliament was transformed into a giant outdoor theater

To achieve huge, 270-meter-wide mapping on the second largest administrative building in the world, Panasonic PT-DZ21K 3-Chip DLP™ projectors showed their maximum performance. Panasonic's flagship projector, the PT-DZ21K offers breathtakingly beautiful images, easy maintenance, and reliable operation. Featuring 20,000 lumens of brightness and a host of rich creative capabilities, the PT-DZ21K is packed into an extraordinarily compact body; with every feature designed and developed to meet the needs of highly critical projection professionals.

"We chose the DZ21K mostly because of its size, and being so robust we were able to make stacks with lots of projectors," said Adrian Pochiscan, Technical Director of 360 Revolution, the company that produced the show. "We liked its resolution, its remote control capabilities from a distance, its stability and the fact that the projector is so energy efficient. If we had chosen another projector, we would have had to build a small hydropower plant to run the show."


An Enormous Job

Taking a total of six months to prepare, the huge event was demanding for projection mapping specialists, MaxIn10sity. "Size matters. First of all the resolution has to be really high to get the good quality. The whole process is four times harder than for a smaller building or a normal 3D animation, it's an enormous job," said Sales Manager, Tamas Vaspori. "We were responsible for the 3D model of the building. We scanned the building with a laser scanner. When the model was ready we sent the model out to the artists and we tried to select different styles for the show."


PT-DZ21K (x34)     PT-DZ21K (x16)     PT-DZ21K (x2) (installed in portrait orientation)

Panasonic’s Multi-Screen Support System, Geometric Adjustment function and optional upgrade kit (ET-UK20) were a great help in creating a gigantic, seamlessly edge-blended piece of art on the intricate and complex facade.

The mind-blowing show was a worthy match for the anniversary

By the middle of the night, the front of the palace was transformed into a giant outdoor theater and around 60,000 people had gathered to witness a historical moment. The spectacular visuals created onto the palace facade saw a host of fascinating scenes from turning the palace into a bookshelf, to the illusion that the palace itself was moving.

Panasonic European Product Marketing Manager, Hartmut Kulessa, said, "We are incredibly pleased that Panasonic projectors were chosen to be a part of the celebrations. It successfully showcased all of the strengths of our projectors from high brightness and color depth to the versatility in size and shape of projection offered through the use of multiple edge blended projectors.“

The high performance of the PT-DZ21K is backed by a proved track record for large-scale events

Panasonic projectors have previously been used for high profile displays at Berlin Festival of Lights in 2012, creating an architectural video mapping display on the Brandenburg Gate. The PT-DZ21K was also used for visual displays at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour.

Panasonic projection specialist Nakada Tomohiro, explained why the PT-DZ21K is so popular in these applications, "With this projector only two installation crew members are required to handle it, it weighs 43 kg, therefore making it easy to stack into towers. Each projector also has four lamps so, if one lamp fails, the show can go on."

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